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When Will Renewable Energy Prices Stop Dropping?

June 15th, 2019 | by George Harvey

Some people have asked when the prices will stop falling. Their understanding is that the decline in price really is unpredictable, and they believe that no definitive answer can be made about what source of energy will be least expensive in the future. In some important ways, they are wrong. The declines are predictable, to a degree


The Dance of Nuclear, Coal, & Renewables in South Africa

May 25th, 2019 | by David Zarembka

Regular CleanTechnica readers should know that Elon Musk was born in South Africa and only left for Canada when he finished high school. Does Tesla have a presence in his birth country? As far as I know, there is one Tesla employee who is promoting battery storage, which is sorely needed in a country with frequent blackouts. South Africa, as a former British colony, is a right-hand drive country and Musk has said that Tesla would open a store and begin sending Model3s there by the end of this year. There are many wealthy people in South Africa, and with Musk having “hero” status there, it ought to be a good market for Tesla cars, potentially the biggest in Africa


What Changed In The Solar & Energy Storage Industries In 2018?

January 19th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I started covering the solar energy industry seriously in 2009. It seemed like a hopping, exciting time in the industry — growth was exploding. I remember one early story in which readers admonished me a little because I put "Solar Power Exploding" in a headline, and they thought I was referring to genuine explosions. In 2019, 2009 and 2010 progress looks like anthills


100% Renewables Requires Less Land Footprint Than Reliance On Fossil Fuels In California — #RealityCheck

August 26th, 2018 | by Mark Z. Jacobson

SB 100, a bill now pending in the California legislature, would transition California to 100% zero-carbon, effectively all renewable, electricity by 2045. Our studies provide a way to do this for all energy sectors (electricity, transportation, heating/cooling, and industry). Robert Bryce, a Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a think tank that has been well funded by Koch Industries and ExxonMobil, incorrectly wrote in the Los Angeles Times on August 21, 2018, that transitioning California entirely to renewable energy would “wreck vast onshore and offshore territories with forests of wind turbines and sprawling solar projects.”


Latin America Moves Forward On First CSP + PV Solar Plant

July 31st, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Latin America's first combined concentrated solar power (CSP) and solar PV project is moving forward following the May closing of $758 million in financing by Cerro Dominador, a Chilean company owned by investment funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners. 


Shell New Energies VP: “We Are Further Along Than People Realize”

July 10th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

With a string of new investments and acquisitions in the past year (you can find a unique overview further on in this article!), Shell has quietly stepped up the pace of its transition from an oil and gas company into an energy company. “We are further along than people realize”, says Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice-President of Shell New Energies, in an exclusive interview with Energy Post. According to Gainsborough, there is a “shift in thinking” within the company that is now irreversible. “People in Shell see a lot riding on the success of New Energies. And we are considered one of the most attractive units to work in. Anyone under the age of 35 wants to work for New Energies.”


How Concentrating Solar Power Is Gearing Up For The Age Of Nickel (CleanTechnica Interview)

June 11th, 2018 | by Tina Casey

As if concentrating solar power isn't complicated enough already, now they have to go and add more bells and whistles? Glad you asked! CleanTechnica has been contacting some of the funded projects to get the insider perspective on the Energy Department's high temperature strategy. In this installment, researchers John Shingledecker and Cara Libby
 of EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute graciously took some time for a phone interview



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